According to Blue Madrigal, his ex-girlfriend and one of the people who initially confirmed his death on social media, Berstein died by suicide. He was known for broaching sensitive subjects in his online communications, something that endeared him to his many followers, who took to social media to mourn his loss.
He famously finished ranked number one for six seasons in a row in MMORPG game World of Warcraft.
Finding an outlet to express the way they feel, thousands of players across multiple WoW servers lined the pathway of the main hall to simply gather and show how much the streamer meant to them.
Bernstein's brother, Gary, took to Twitter at a later timing to confirm the news, and encouraged individuals to share stories and pictures of him. Forbes reports that Byron's Twitch channel was playing a replay of an old stream at the time they reported his death, and it was being viewed by 40 000+ people. "I want I might have mentioned one thing to stop it". "Would you marry me, Becca?" he shared in Twitter with photos of her ex-partner reported and urged her followers not to pressure her to say yes.
Before his death he posted a series of tweets. Sharing some adorable photos of each other, he wrote, "I know I'll be always a little too insane... and this is proof... but at least you'll never be bored".
Bernstein's final tweets on Thursday morning caused fans to respond with concern. Byron, I wish I could have helped you. "I didn't see the proposal until it was too late but that doesn't change the fact that I wasn't able to be there for him", she said.
"We're devastated to hear of Byron's passing", Twitch said in a statement.
Byron "Reckful" Bernstein has passed away at the age of 31. I had this vague idea of what it was and embarrassingly thought that I could help with trivial bulls--.
That soul-searching will no doubt continue, now with an added focus on mental health, as gaming communities figure out how to be a safer and more inclusive place.
If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone - and there is help for people who feel suicidal.
If you or anyone you know are dealing with a crisis or simply need someone to talk to, please reach out and call the Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.